So what’s all this fuss about Meditation??

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What do you believe meditation is?? I used to imagine that I would have to sit still for an hour and not think of ANYTHING at all in that time and every time I attempted to do that within seconds with my go fast busy mind I would always have some sort of thought which was closely followed by DAMN IT which was closely followed by eek sorry……..This went on for months! You can imagine how happy I was when I discovered that it can be SOOO much more simple than that!

Meditation by definition is “a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself”  

I like to explain it a little differently… Meditation is the practice of quieting and focusing your mind on just one thing for even a short time every day to find a place of balance and happiness.

So why do it in the first place???  I have taken this from a great blog on The 7 health benefits of Meditation. 

It’s a piece of advice yogis have given for thousands of years: take a deep breath and relax. Watch the tension melt from your muscles and all your niggling worries vanish. Somehow we all know that relaxation is good for us.

Now the hard science has caught up: a comprehensive scientific study showing that deep relaxation changes our bodies on a genetic level has just been published. What researchers at Harvard Medical School discovered is that, in long-term practitioners of relaxation methods such as yoga and meditation, far more ”disease-fighting genes” were active, compared to those who practised no form of relaxation”  

Read more at http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/7-health-benefits…

This blog is step one… We are going to teach you some AHMAYZING techniques over the next few months and even hold retreats (YAY!!) to help you master this practice in your own unique way – more on that VERY soon!

OK – so lets get real – If I told you that you need to sit beside the ocean with your legs crossed and chant ommmm for an hour while your mind was completely quiet you would LOL at me right?!? I know because I feel exactly the same way!

It doesn’t have to be that way at all – Yes I do like to do my meditation’s on the beach because I am lucky enough to live right near it however a quiet place in your house or yard is fine too…

The aim then is to simply focus on your breath going in and out – if a thought pops into your mind its totally ok! Just recognize it and let it pass – sometimes my most inspiring ideas come to me while my mind is quiet. That’s it! You can even set an alarm if you think will help. Its really that simple!

If this even seems a bit our of reach you can start by simply focusing on a task you love for a period of time each day… Ill use my mum as an example with her love of quilting… When my mum is quilting (and doesn’t have up to 8 grandkids nipping at her ankles!) she can completely zone out – the only thing on her mind is quilting – guess what! That is the same thing!! Yes it would be better to be focusing solely on breathing alone but you have to start somewhere and something is better than nothing!  

Time wise it will be different for all of you – for busy minded go fast people like me with 1000 things on the go at any given time – 3-5 minutes daily can be enough – truly! I like to spend 15 minutes but only because I have grown to LOVE it and look forward to my ‘start the day right!’ routine and if you commit to it you will soon feel the exact same way!

It takes 21 days to form a habit and 15 minutes equates to 1% of a 24 hours. This habit, if you take the time to give it a go will bring you a feeling of balance, peace and happiness – it is well and truly worth spending 1% of your day meditating to achieve that!  

Happiness is – gifting yourself time to meditate daily…

Until next time…

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